mephitis

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Etymology[edit]

Via Latin, from Mefitis, the name of a Samnite goddess who personified the poisonous gases emitted from swamps and volcanoes. The name is from Oscan and ultimately Proto-Italic.

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mephitis (plural mephitises)

  1. A poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth
  2. A distinctive odour that is very unpleasant.

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